Fire and Ambulance Service Grant Applications Now Available, Says Hess
9/17/2009
Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon) is encouraging local volunteer fire departments and volunteer ambulance services to apply for state grants through the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.
 
“For the past several years, this grant program has helped maintain fire and ambulance protection throughout our local communities,” Hess said. “Since many of these organizations are operated by volunteers, who do an outstanding job, it is important for state government to supplement their budgets in order for them to protect our lives and our properties.”
 
Last year, 23 area fire and ambulance organizations received more than $180,000 in funding from the program, which was created by the General Assembly as Act 10 of 2007. The program is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, and is funded through the state’s gaming industry.
 
The grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for volunteer fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. A total of $25 million will be awarded through the program.
 
“I encourage fire and ambulance departments in the 78th District to apply for these grants,” Hess said.
 
Applications can be obtained by visiting the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s Web site at OSFC.State.PA.US. Online applications will only be accepted now to Oct. 23.
 
For more information, visit Hess’ Web site at DickHess.com and click on “Fire and Ambulance Grants.”
 
Rep. Dick Hess
78th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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(717) 787-7076
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House Republican Public Relations
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